2014 McLaren MP4-12C
With its lightweight profile and twin turbo V8 producing 616 horsepower, the McLaren MP4-12C offers drivers a unique opportunity. It's a lightweight, rear-wheel drive supercar constructed with a carbon-fiber monocoque frame that affords lightning-fast acceleration. But the quickness also comes with the monster machine's firm grasp of the road. It exudes confidence.
The McLaren has a dual-clutch 7-speed that can shift via F1-style paddle shifters or automatically. It advances from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds. The MP4-12C's power, combined with its trimness, results in a speed freak's nirvana — a top speed of 207 mph.
You can also relish in the McLaren technology wonder — the Active Dynamics Panel. It's controlled with a smartphone-type screen and two control dials that feature settings for Normal, Sport, and Track. Depending upon preferences, you can adjust the H (Handling) control for suspension and stability. And you can change the P (Powertrain) for the throttle pressure, shift times, and rev increase before shifting.
But with a driver's quest for performance also comes a braking system so strong, sure and straight, it would impress a host of NASA engineers responsible for a space shuttle's return.
Beyond its superior and versatile performance, the McLaren driving experience also defines simplicity in comfort. The interior is highlighted by an uncluttered dash, carbon-fiber trim, strong visibility and body-hugging seats.
McLaren drivers can also for the first time further experience the flexibility and efficiency of the brand's renowned chassis. A more control-oriented shifter debuted as well as a suspension lift option. It allows the raising of the front and rear at lower speeds to negotiate speed bumps and other potential hazards.